England full-back, Mike Brown has been named the 2014 RBS 6 Nations player of the Championship. Brown, who was in sensational form claimed more than a third of the vote. Around 70,000 people voted in total, with Brown claiming over 20,000. Completing the top 3 were Brian O’Driscoll and Andrew Trimble of Ireland.
Before voting commenced a 16-player shortlist was created with players like Danny Care, David Denton and Jonny Sexton included as options for people to vote for.
Brown scored 4 tries in his 5 games, beating 25 defenders in the process. Another eye-catching stat is that he made over 450 metres. Brown said “I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who voted for me to be RBS 6 Nations Player of the Championship.”
Goode: “fair play to Mike”
Alex Goode, who spent most of the tournament watching Brown from the sidelines, said “I didn’t get much game time but fair play to Mike because he played really well. It was disappointing not to play but you couldn’t really take him out. It doesn’t make much difference to me who I come up against. I’m not one for the head-to-head stuff and full-backs don’t really come into contact with each other very much. It’s not like the sevens at the breakdown or the nines, who are nightmares to each other.”
Stuart Lancaster added “I am very proud of what Mike and the whole squad – players, coaches and management – have achieved this RBS 6 Nations. We are really looking forward to building on this as we head to New Zealand in the summer for our tour.”
After the award was announced Rob Kearney tweeted “Richly deserves award for Mike Brown. He had a superb tournament!”
Harlequins have allowed Brown a well-deserved week off, along with other England players Chris Robshaw and Danny Care.
Players of the Six Nations Championship:
- Brown 34%
- O’Driscoll 28%
- Trimble 10%
- Sexton 5%
- Kearney 4%
- Denton 4%
- Care 2%
- Warburton 2%